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Study in Hong Kong SAR

By Staff Writer

Updated July 28, 2021 Updated July 28, 2021

A global business hub, dynamic and diverse, are just a few of the reasons why students choose to study in Hong Kong.

Ranked 15th in the QS Best Student Cities 2022, Hong Kong (SAR) performs particularly well in the university rankings indicator and ranks in the top 20 worldwide for desirability.

Leading institutions in the city include the The University of Hong KongHong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Chinese University of Hong Kong and the City University of Hong Kong– all ranked within the global top 50, while three more Hong Kong institutions also feature in the QS World University Rankings® 2022.

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Best universities in Hong Kong - QS Best Student Cities ranking: 15th 

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) (22nd); Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)(34th); The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) (39th); City University of Hong Kong (=58th); The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (66th); Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) (287th); Lingnan University (Hong Kong) (581-590) 

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Study in Hong Kong overview

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Highest-ranked institution

University of Hong Kong (HKU) (22nd in the world)



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To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

Why study in Hong Kong

Mountainous backdrop

The city of Hong Kong is set against a vista of stunning mountains, perfect for a hike on the weekend. 

Prosperous job market

The city ranks 20th worldwide for employer activity and is known for its strong financial sector.

Excellent selection of universities to choose from

With no fewer than seven top universities located in Hong Kong, with three of these ranked in the world top 50, education in Hong Kong is world renowned. 

Highly international

An impressive 38 percent of the city’s 89,600 students are international students. The city brings together Eastern culture with Western culture and juxtaposes the old with the new.

Cost of studying in Hong Kong

In terms of affordability, the picture is somewhat complex. With limited space available, rent is known for being exorbitantly expensive, but general living expenses such as eating out and transport remain low.

According to Numbeo, a one-bedroom apartment in Hong Kong’s city centre is quite expensive, costing an average of 17,341.77 HK$ (approximately US$2,233.77). A monthly transport ticket costs around 492.50 HK$ (approximately US$63.44)

International tuition fees are somewhere in the mid-range, costing around US$16,600 per year. This is much lower than studying in the US, for example, but higher than those charged in western European countries such as France or Germany.

Life and culture in Hong Kong

Hong Kong (SAR) has long been regarded as a meeting point for different cultures, offering a truly international outlook and atmosphere.

Life in this packed and fast-paced metropolis might be a little daunting, but for those who want to experience all the exciting things that come with city life, Hong Kong is without doubt one of the most dynamic and diverse study destinations around.

Career in Hong Kong

Hong Kong receives a strong score for employer activity (ranked 20th globally) this year, reflecting its status as an in-demand site for graduate recruitment.

The city’s booming economy makes it an ideal place for graduate job seekers. There are plenty of jobs in the financial sector, as well as in law firms, tech firms, advertising agencies and banks.

However, to work in Hong Kong, you’ll usually need a degree, an offer of employment, proven work experience, and proof that you have enough financial support to live in the city.  

This article was originally published in July 2021 .

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